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Adirondack has suffered seven straight losses (0-6-1-0) – including the last six in regulation – since capturing a 3-2 win over Syracuse in its home opener on Oct. 15… The Phantoms’ two wins and five points are fewest in the AHL thus far… In an effort to boost offense, Adirondack earlier this week signed eight-time 20-goal scorer Denis Hamel, who ranks fourth on the AHL’s active scoring list with 555 points in 710 career games… Rookie Andrew Rowe broke out with a two-goal, one-assist effort on Saturday in a 5-3 loss to Rochester… The Phantoms hit the road this weekend for games in Portland on Friday and in Binghamton on Saturday.
 
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Albany has played just eight games thus far (5-3-0-0), tied with division rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for fewest among the AHL’s 30 teams… The Devils encounter their first three-in-three stretch this weekend, though, as they visit Worcester on Friday before hosting Rochester and Providence on Saturday and Sunday, respectively… Goaltender Jeff Frazee is riding a personal four-game winning streak in which he has surrendered just four goals on 101 shots (.960)… Rookie defenseman Alexander Urbom has registered an assist in each of his last three outings… Overall, Albany has allowed an average of 2.50 goals per contest, tied for the fourth fewest in the AHL.
 
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Binghamton has earned a point in five straight games (3-0-1-1) since a three-game losing skid from Oct. 9-16… Each of the Sens’ last three games have extended beyond regulation, resulting in a shootout loss, an overtime win, and an overtime loss… Defenseman Derek Smith has surpassed Chris Kelly for seventh place in Senators history with 209 games played… Rookie Bobby Butler leads the club with five goals (5-2-7) and has scored in five of his first nine games this season… Leading scorer Corey Locke (3-7-10) shows a point in three straight games (2-2-4) and eight of nine overall… Binghamton battles Hamilton in Montreal on Friday before hosting Adirondack and Syracuse to close the weekend.
 
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Bridgeport has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, with both wins coming after regulation; the Sound Tigers earned a 3-2 overtime decision in Manchester on Friday and captured a 6-5 shootout victory over Springfield on Wednesday afternoon… Jon Sim, a 2005 Calder Cup champion with Philadelphia, notched a hat trick and shootout goal on Wednesday in his AHL season debut… Jesse Joensuu is now riding a five-game scoring streak (2-6-8) after going without a point in his first four contests… Rookie David Ullstrom has notched a goal in four straight games (4-2-6), and his four tallies overall are tops on the Sound Tigers… Bridgeport visits Providence on Friday before taking on Hartford in a home-and-home set.
 
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Charlotte has earned a point in four straight games (2-0-1-1), and seven of the Checkers’ last eight contests have been decided by a one-goal margin (2-3-1-1)… Second-year pro Chris Terry has netted four goals in his last four games, and his total of six goals through 12 games (6-2-8) is already well ahead of last year’s pace, when he scored 17 goals in 80 outings (17-30-47)… Zach Boychuk boasts a six-game scoring streak (3-5-8) for the Checkers, and Jerome Samson shows a point in four straight (3-2-5)… Charlotte has scored the first goal in only five of its first 12 games, and the Checkers are just 1-3-1-0 in those five games… The Checkers play a home-and-home with Norfolk this weekend and host Hershey on Sunday.
 
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Hartford has totaled only seven goals during its current seven-game losing skid (0-5-2-0), which includes five one-goal efforts and a shutout… The seven-game streak matches the Wolf Pack’s franchise-record losing skid, set from Feb. 20 to Mar. 9, 1999 (0-6-0-1) and matched from Feb. 21 to Mar. 10, 2010 (0-3-3-1)… Justin Soryal notched Hartford’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Manchester on Wednesday, the third-year pro’s first goal of the season… Defenseman Wade Redden started out on a five-game scoring streak (1-5-6) but has managed just one assist in seven games since… Hartford visits Manchester and Bridgeport this weekend before hosting Bridgeport on Sunday.
 
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Hershey’s 6-2 home-ice loss to unbeaten Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday was the Bears’ most lopsided defeat at the Giant Center since dropping a 7-2 decision to Albany on Jan. 14, 2009… Reigning AHL MVP and current AHL leading scorer Keith Aucoin (5-13-18) has registered a point in all 10 Hershey games thus far, and Andrew Gordon (7-8-15) shows a point in nine of the 10 contests… Defenseman Zach Miskovic, who entered Saturday’s tilt vs. the Penguins with six goals in 67 career AHL regular-season games, scored on both Saturday and then on Sunday vs. Manchester… The Bears are off until Sunday, when they open a two-game set at Charlotte.
 
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Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff bounced back from two straight losses to stop 23 of 24 shots in a 4-1 win at Hartford on Wednesday… It marked the second time in his last four appearances that Zatkoff surrendered just one goal… David Meckler, who totaled 11 goals (11-9-20) in 73 games for Manchester last season, already boasts a team-leading seven tallies (7-3-10) through 11 games this year… Defenseman Alec Martinez has netted a goal in three straight games, and rookie Brandon Kozun shows a point in six of his last seven outings (3-4-7)… Manchester is 4-0-0-0 so far when leading after the first period… The Monarchs host Hartford on Friday and visit Worcester on Saturday.
 
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Norfolk has scored five or more goals in five of its first nine games this season after the Admirals reached the five-goal plateau in just 12 of its 80 games during the 2009-10 season… The Admirals lead the AHL in both goals per game (4.56) and shots on goal per game (37.78)… Johan Harju (3-3-6), James Wright (2-3-5), and Matt Fornataro (2-3-5) are each riding three-game scoring streaks for Norfolk, while Paul Szczechura has a point in three of his last four outings (2-4-6)… Juraj Simek totaled two assists through his first seven games this year before putting up three goals and an assist in last weekend’s two-game set vs. Portland… The Admirals play a home-and-home series with Charlotte this weekend.
 
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Portland finished 3-1-0-0 on its four-game road trip to Norfolk and Charlotte… The Pirates’ four-game winning streak – their second such streak of the young season – ended on Wednesday in a 5-4 loss to the Checkers… Luke Adam has racked up four goals and six points in his last three AHL games, and his 16 points overall (9-7-16) are six more than any other AHL rookie’s total… Adam leads all AHL skaters with his nine goals, and his 16 points are good for a share of second overall… Drew Schiestel is on a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5), and his plus-10 rating is tied with Colin Stuart for the team lead… Portland hosts Adirondack and Providence this weekend.
 
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Through nine games, the Bruins (2-5-1-1) have scored a combined 10 goals in their two victories and eight goals in their seven defeats… After playing three of its last four games against Worcester, Providence will only see the Sharks one more time – at home Nov. 26 – before mid-January… Rookie Joe Colborne, a first-round draft pick by parent-club Boston in 2008, recorded three points last weekend, including his first professional goal on Sunday vs. Worcester… Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made a career-high 41 saves at Worcester on Saturday, but the B’s still dropped a 2-1 overtime decision… Providence hosts Bridgeport on Friday before visiting Portland and Albany to close the weekend.
 
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Springfield has earned a point in three straight games (0-2-0-1) and five of its last six (4-1-0-1)… The Falcons are an impressive 4-1-0-1 on the road thus far but are just 2-3-0-0 at the MassMutual Center… Falcons leading scorer Tom Sestito (5-7-12) registered at least one point in eight of the team’s 10 October games… Rookie forward Matt Calvert had been on an eight-game goal drought prior to scoring twice in Wednesday’s 6-5 shootout loss at Bridgeport… 2009 AHL All-Star Michael Ryan, who signed with Springfield on Oct. 24, recorded his first two points (1-1-2) in a Falcons uniform on Wednesday… Springfield hosts Syracuse on Friday in its lone game of the weekend.
 
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Rookie forward Kyle Palmieri has notched a goal in four straight games (6-1-7) and a point in five straight (6-2-8)… Palmieri was recalled by Anaheim on Wednesday and scored his first NHL goal later that night vs. Tampa Bay… Fellow rookies Nick Bonino (2-7-9) and Nicolas Deschamps (4-3-7) are each riding six-game scoring streaks for the Crunch… Luca Sbisa has a point in all five games (2-6-8) since joining Syracuse from Anaheim… The Crunch boast the AHL’s second-ranked penalty-killing unit (39-for-42, 92.9 percent) and have killed off 24 of 25 man-down situations on home ice… Syracuse visits Springfield, Wilkes-Barre, and Binghamton this weekend.
 
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At 8-0-0-0, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is one victory away from matching the 2005-06 team’s 9-0-0-0 start to that season… The Penguins’ 6-2 win at Hershey on Saturday marked their first victory at the Giant Center since a 5-4 decision on Apr. 12, 2009, the 2008-09 regular season finale… Joe Vitale has notched three of Wilkes-Barre’s eight game-winning goals, and two of the Pens’ three shorthanded goals thus far… Goaltenders John Curry (4-0-0, 1.72, .940) and Brad Thiessen (4-0-0, 1.96, .930) have traded starts since opening night… The Penguins visit Rochester on Friday and Sunday this weekend, with a Saturday home date vs. Syracuse in between.
 
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Last weekend’s sweep of a home-and-home set vs. Providence gave Worcester back-to-back wins for the first time on the young season… Making his first start of the season, rookie goaltender Carter Hutton stopped 37 of 38 shots in Sunday’s 6-1 victory in Rhode Island… Second-year pro Benn Ferriero has netted a goal in five of his last six games (5-3-8) and in six of his first nine outings overall (7-4-11)… Defenseman Nick Petrecki is on a three-game scoring run (2-1-3), including the overtime winner in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Bruins… The Sharks host Albany and Manchester at the DCU Center this weekend.